Doug Bess, 18-year career firefighter with the City of Salida, is the Interim Fire Chief following the resignation of Don Taylor. Taylor is the new fire chief for the City of Black Hawk. Bess was promoted to interim fire chief May 16, and he will begin his day schedule May 30. Hired in 1994 with the Salida Fire Department, Bess was promoted to captain in 1996.
In addition, Paul Ottmer was promoted to interim captain, and Dan Distel from the reserve corps was temporary hired to serve the department.
Dara MacDonald, city administrator, said results from the fire services assessment is expected by the end of the month. She said the City is waiting to see recommendations from the report before advertising the position.
To contact Bess, please call the fire department at 539-2212.